I’m just not that kind of gal! (Free Rhinestone Bling File)

My DH and I aren’t overly affectionate or demonstrative, especially in public. But I always know how he feels ~ and when he’s trying to figure me out he gets it right most half of the time. And I also know that sometimes he likes me to subtly tell the (whole) world that I love him. So, this project is for you, dearest husband (and a little for me, since I love my glitz! nearly as much as I love you [giggle]).



  1. Silver Metal Flake Iron-on (red cap blade)
    1. Force = 58
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 1
  2. Purple Deco Sparkle Iron-on (blue cap blade)
    1. Force = 110
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 1
  3. Rhinestone Rubber Motif (blue cap blade)
    1. Force = 115
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 2
  4. Rhinestone Rock-it Flocking (blue cap blade)
    1. Force = 101
    2. Speed = 10/10
    3. Passes = 2
  • Heat Press or Iron – 300 degrees Fahrenheit or Cotton setting

Method: 1. I used Make-the-Cut to create my file. I was concerned about cutting the very fine lettering so I made the text on the ‘front’ design thicker with a light shadow layer, and then deleted the original. Screenshotfront However, on the ‘back’ design, I did a little more work. After selecting my font and creating the text, I decided to weld the 2 and the 5 together. Then I gave the text a shadow layer that was slightly thicker than 1/2 the size of my 10SS rhinestones. I used the shadow layer to create the outline of stones (versus fill), then deleted the shadow layer. Screenshot1 Next, I added a couple of circles to the design and adjusted the position of a few other circles – just to smooth the lines out. Screenshot2 2.  Cut the template material. Brush in the stones and use rhinestone transfer tape to pick up the designs. (Click here for more detailed rhinestone instructions) Set aside. 3.  Reverse (mirror) the text and cut the iron-on vinyl. Test cut, Test cut, Test cut! I can’t tell you how many times I had to test cut the metal flake. It was my first time using this material, and I started with normal iron-on vinyl settings. BUT… I found it was a lot tougher than your everyday iron-on and it needed a lot more force! And then, when I cut the holographic vinyl – wow that required even more force. I saved myself a lot of aggravation and wasted material throughout this project by testing cutting each material until I got a perfect cut. And what a stunning result! 4. Apply the vinyl – 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 seconds. For the Silver Metal Flake and the Deco Sparkle, wait for the material to cool before peeling off the transfer layer. Using a teflon sheet, I applied heat again for about 5-8 seconds. 5.  Apply the rhinestones – 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 seconds. Peel off the transfer paper. 6. Stand in the sun and shine (or is it sparkle?)! All I know is its lovely bling! Front Back Ta – da! Here it is outside (on me, not a hanger), near dusk but with the sun coming from the horizon. It literally put sparkles all over my face and the ground when the sun hit it! 20130913_170652 The sunrise rhinestone pattern on the front of the T-shirt could be used for an accent on any project. Please download the entire file for free here for a limited time. Thanks, and Enjoy! Michele

Deco Sparkle™ – Heat Transfer (Iron-on) Vinyl

Deco Sparkle™ is a holographic heat transfer vinyl that will add Pop and Shine to your projects! While it adheres to nearly any fabric except nylon, it is not recommended for applications where you need ‘stretch’.


Deco Sparkle, like most iron-on vinyl, is cut in reverse and the carrier is removed after application. This means you put the bright side down on your mat and cut on the dull side. You can use either a standard blade or a thick material blade – but this material will require higher pressure than a simple, one-color heat transfer vinyl. Make test cuts to ensure proper settings for blade exposure, speed and force.

Deco Sparkle should be applied with even pressure at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 seconds. Use a teflon sheet to prevent damage to the design. The carrier sheet is peeled off when its cooled. If the vinyl starts to come off with the carrier, simply increase pressure and reapply heat.


Deco Sparkle can be combined with other materials for additional eye-popping effects (See Team KNK post on 16 September 2013). However, it cannot be layered.

As with most heat transfer (iron-on) applications*, wash garments inside out in cool/cold water.

* Iron-on Flock is the exception


Decosparkle rainbow web

Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on is Ultra Cool!


I’ve recently become hooked on yet another product from KNK USA. It’s called Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on and it sparkles like there’s no tomorrow! Since I enjoy wearing T-shirts that advertise the Klic-N-Kuts, I decided to whip out a new shirt to wear to the CK Mesa Convention today. This project took one hour, from start-to-finish, and I hope it will encourage all of you to give iron-on transfer materials a try (if you’ve been hesitant to indulge in the past! 🙂

Before I get started… a funny thing happened. I had ordered 4 colors of the material: Light Gold, Blue, Green, and the Holo Pink. I had noted at the time of my order, that the Holo Pink was mentioned in the product description as being transparent and taking on the color of the material. Of course, with my typical 55+ year old brain malfunctions, I completely forgot about that and decided that I would cut the letters in blue and use the Holo Pink for the flourish, and apply it all to a black T-shirt. Well, the Holo Pink did NOT come out pink! Instead, it came out gold! I was shocked at first, then angry with myself for not remembering that the pink should be applied to white shirts only. But once I stepped back and looked at the shirt, I realized the gold actually looked great… and probably better than the pink I had in mind!


  • 1 KNK Zing
  • 2 colors of Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-on
  • 1 black T Shirt
  • Cutting File

  • Method:

    (1) To create the design, I used Make The Cut. The font for the “Klic-N-Kut” logo is called Eras Bold. I typed it out and sized it according to what I felt would work best on my T Shirt:


    (2) To create the flourish, I first designed a spiral using the new Spiral Tool in MTC. I added a Stretch Hexagon from the Polygon folder in Basic Shapes:

    Spiral and Stretch Hexagon

    (3) To open the Wrap Object to Path window, I held the Ctrl key and dragged the Stretch Hexagon over onto the Spiral until I saw the cursor icon change. I then let go of the Ctrl key and the mouse button:


    (4) Next I marked the Warp option and then the Stretch option. I verified that Flatten was set to x5 so that my flourish would be very smooth:


    (5) After clicking on Accept, I then deleted the single line spiral and resized the flourish to be much wider and shorter. I also rotated it slightly so that the outside tip would point upwards a bit more:


    (6) I made a copy which I then flipped and mirrored. Next I overlapped the original so that those outside points were symmetrically aligned. Then I welded both shapes together:


    (7) Then I resized the design to perfectly match the width of my title, rotated again slightly to look perfectly horizontal, and recolored to be pink. My design was ready to be cut… or at least I thought so… (keep reading! lol)


    (8) Because the Glitter Flex Ultra comes in 19″ wide rolls, I cut what I needed for each color and pressed to the cutting mat. I set up the Zing and did a small test cut to verify my settings: Red blade (with very little blade exposed), force of 30 (the Glitter Flex Ultra requires a bit more force than normal heat transfer vinyl), and a speed of 10. I sent the lettering to cut first from the blue Ultra. And just as it started the first letter, I remembered what must ALWAYS be remembered when doing iron-on projects! You MUST mirror the shapes before cutting because you cut iron-on materials with the adhesive side up! So, I hit the panic button on my Zing (aka Power button :P) and mirrored the design:

    Design Mirrored

    (9) Fortunately, I had only wasted 1/4″ of material, so I still had plenty of room to complete the title from the piece I had pre-cut. After cutting the second piece from the pink (oh… I mean, gold :P), I weeded both, which I found to be much easier than with normal heat transfer vinyl. : ) I used a paper piercer to lift up the waste and, occasionally, cut off the waste with scissors so I could discard pieces as I was weeding.

    (10) Once the waste was removed, I flipped over the designs, centered onto my T-shirt, and applied for 20 seconds with my KNK USA Heat Press set to 165 C (330 F). Then I remove the clear protective sheet, covered with a Teflon sheet, and pressed for another few seconds. DONE! : )

    (11) Note that you can also use your home iron for applying heat transfer! If you buy the material from KNK USA, contact me for recommended settings for both cutting and applying. Also, be sure to check Section 10.05 of the current KNK user manuals for more details on Iron-On Transfer applications.

    My completed T-shirt:



    Thanks for reading! Happy Cutting!


    Ready to Support and Cheer for Your Team?

    KNK, Vinyl, personalized, T-shirt

    My son is playing on the football team for his school. I am so proud of him that I decided to support him by making some T-shirts with his name. I made a T-shirt for all my family to wear to his game! LOL. Even my granddaughter, who is only nine months old, was supporting him.

    This is very simple to do. What you will need:

    1. KNK

    2. Iron-On Transfer Vinyl

    3. Iron or Heat Press

    4. MTC or KNK Studio


    Design your own artwork in MTC or KNK Studio and cut it with your KNK cutter machine. IMPORTANT: because you cut iron-on with the adhesive side up, remember to mirror your lettering and shapes before cutting. Also, you only cut through the vinyl layer, and not through the thick shiny, heat-protection layer.

    Pre-heat your shirt for 2 seconds with your iron or heat press. Then, follow the vinyl manufacturer’s instructions on how to apply the vinyl. I used iron-on vinyl from knkusa.com, and because my heatpress machine is Celsius instead of Fahrenheit, I used 180C for 15 seconds and it worked great.

    And because we also had to take a chair to the game, I decided to make some for it, too! LOL


    KNK, chair, Chair, cover, KNK, vinyl








    To apply to a chair, follow the same procedure that you use for shirts, however, for this type of material, you can NEVER use the big regular heat press because it will melt your chair. I used the manual iron sold at knkusa.com (currently out of stock), and you have to be very careful with the pressure and the amount of heat applied so your chair does not melt.

    But your final project will be amazing!!!

    Finally, my inspiration to make this project: my handsome and my very special football player EVER, whom I LOVE so much. God Bless him!!!